Tag Archives: Svalbardposten

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of Oct. 8, 2019

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Court: ‘Hidden defects’ mean owners of condemned Gamle Sykehuset flat can get refund

The owners of an apartment at Gamle Sykehuset, which city officials condemned in 2016 due to massive damage caused by thawing permafrost, are entitled to cancel their purchase and receive a refund of the 1.5 million kroner purchase price due to “substantial hidden defects,” according to an appeals court ruling.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of Aug. 6, 2019

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More summer bear encounters, more pedestrian paths in Longyearbyen and yet another person without proper equipment results in a full-scale rescue search in the wee-morning hours.

Random weirdness for the week of July 30, 2019

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“What’s black, white and red all over? Not a newspaper – but a polar bear mother and her cub having lunch.” Not entirely a new joke for Svalbard, but that first sentence in a Daily Mail story about photographer Andy Rouse encountering the pair of bears during a cruise July 15 is fitting after they ate a fresh-killed seal while he watched.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of July 23, 2019

Walking through a mining settlement from early 1900s from your couch, two rescue helicopters sent out when a sailboat catches fire and the city government fines itself 50,000 kroner for violations while working on upgrades to its own building.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of June 18, 2019

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Demolition of more than 140 residences in avalanche homes delayed until at least end of summer, new rules for passenger ships in Svalbard pose hardship for operators of older dayboats and Svalbard’s biggest drinking contest is again underway.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of May 28, 2019

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Shortage of industrial store space results in overinflated prices, restraints on growth
A lack of available buildings fueling Longyearbyen’s housing crisis is also being felt by businesses in dire need of storage space, with LNS Spitsbergen admitting it’s overpaying by spending five million kroner for 300-square-meter space in a steel building with no insulation or district heating.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of April 30, 2019

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Stronger oversight of working conditions in Svalbard vital, labor minister says during visit
Recent problems including numerous workplace violations during a local hotel renovation and widespread complaints from tourism guides are examples of why tighter oversight and enforcement of labor laws are necessary, Norwegian Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Anniken Hauglie told about 150 business and other officials during a meeting this week.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of April 23, 2019

11-year-old with lymphoma got life-threatening misdiagnosis from local hospital, mother says
Sander Higraff, 11, was recently declared cancer-free after six months of chemotherapy at an Olso hospital, but an incorrect diagnosis by Longyearbyen and Tromsø doctors lasting ten months after his condition first appeared in 2015 could have been fatal, said his mother, Kristin Woxholth.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of April 9, 2019

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Barentsburg less exposed to avalanches than Longyearbyen, but some buildings at risk
No buildings in Barentsburg need to be moved or demolished, but some – notably the Barentsburg Hotell – would not be built today in their current locations due to the exposure to avalanches, according to the first-ever assessment of the settlement by the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of March 12, 2019

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Mary-Ann Dahle strongly considering selling Mary-Ann’s Polarrigg because she is seriously ill with cancer, Svalbard’s walruses making a strong comeback after being nearly hunted to extinction and two intoxicated men found crawling/walking barefoot in the snow are saved by observers.